Oliver Cromwell is demonized by the Satanic Crowley society
Oliver Cromwell, the poster boy for a truly miserable Christmas: ‘Anti-fun charter’ of 1651 spells out grim vision for nation
By Eleanor Harding
PUBLISHED: 01:08, 7 July 2012 | UPDATED: 01:08, 7 July 2012
Whether he is a hero or one of history’s great villains is a question that still splits opinion.
But one thing is certain – Oliver Cromwell was hardly known for his sense of humour.
And precisely how deep his Puritanical streak ran is shown in a series of proclamations from 350 years ago that have just come to light.
The ‘anti-fun charter’ – conveyed to the population on posters nailed to trees – spells out Cromwell’s grim vision for the nation.
One of the ‘acts and ordinances’ posters, dating to 1651, declares: ‘No observation shall be had of the Five and twentieth day of December, commonly called Christmas-Day.’
And in 1642, parliament ordered theatres to shut – leading to the temporary closure of Shakespeare’s Globe.
That decree reads: ‘Being spectacles of pleasure, too commonly expressing lascivious Mirth and levitie…Publike Stage-playes shall cease, and bee forborne.’
The posters, most of which were put up in villages and towns over the country after the beheading of Charles I during the civil war, shed light on the tempestuous times facing ordinary Englishmen as their leaders tussled for power. One offers £10 to anyone who can help catch a highwayman – since there was no proper police force to keep law and order.
Another details Cromwell’s most famous law, the abolition of the monarchy, saying: ‘It hath been found by experience, that the office of a King in this nation… is unnecessary, burdensome, and dangerous to the liberty, safety and public interest of the people.’
Having been instrumental in the execution of the King, Cromwell appointed himself Lord Protector in 1653, with his famously unpopular vision to do away with any distractions to Puritanism.
The 26 papers, made from old rags and printed on a hand press, are believed to be some of the last of their kind as most would have been destroyed by weather.
Until now they have been in a private collection and are on sale valued at £2,000 to £3,000 each.
Sotheby’s London predicts the set could fetch up to £23,000 in Tuesday’s auction.